Designed for the automotive industry, these punch and flare tools allow for a smooth radiused, 1/4” deep flare at a 90° angle to the panel in up to 16 gauge cold rolled steel while only adding an additional 1/8” to the overall hole diameter. These are the perfect solution for those in automotive racing who want to reduce the weight of their car while maintaining panel strength. These can be used on softer aluminum where the material will allow for the deep draw and bend without cracking, but is not suggested for harder aluminums used in aircraft. Please see the comparison chart below for better understanding. Complete kits are available. The 2-5/8” punch and flare tools are not included in any of the kits and is designed to be a perfect fit for aerosol cans. Great for those trying to organize your racing trailer or garage. These are very simple to use: just drill a pilot hole on center for where the gauge will be mounted. This hole is for the draw bolt. Set one half of the tool on the back side of the panel with the draw bolt going through the hole. Apply the second half of the tool over the draw bolt on the front of the panel and tighten the bolt. The finished hole is smooth and perfectly round. Anti-friction bearings are included with purchase. If you plan to use a hydraulic or manual bench press, no pilot hole is needed. Just use a center punch to mark your location and use the optional spring-loaded center pin to insure exact placement of the hole. See the "How To" video for a demonstration. If you require a larger diameter hole than what is offered by the automotive style flare, please view our aviation flare section. The lower profile flare allows for larger holes to be made by hand. If you require a size that is not listed please contact us to have one custom made to your specifications.
Comparison of Automotive Style Flare vs. Aviation Style Flare Click Image For Larger View
The video below shows the Automotive Punch and Flare tool being used on 16 gauge cold rolled steel with the help of a hydraulic bench press and optional spring loaded center pin. If you are using the tool manually you will need to pre drill a pilot hole on center for where the gauge will be mounted. This hole is for the draw bolt. Set one half of the tool on the back side of the panel with the draw bolt going thru the hole, Apply the second half of the tool over the draw bolt on the front of the panel and tighten the bolt.
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